Currently, the Legal department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas is seeking a self-motivated, versatile Counsel with a broad working knowledge of litigation, intellectual property law, commercial transactions and/or employment law to be located in Dallas, TX. The Counsel will provide legal support and advice to Bank management and officials on various legal issues. The individual will have extensive skills, knowledge and legal practice experience for performing a variety of difficult and complex legal work, while frequently operating with substantial discretion and minimal direction or supervision. The Counsel requires admission to the State Bar of Texas, and will report to the Bank’s Deputy General Counsel.
• Provides legal counsel and directs the defense on issues arising from actual or anticipated lawsuits, including preparing and filing various legal pleadings, motions, discovery, etc., relative to litigation for the Bank, as well as the Federal Reserve System.
• Analyzes legal, policy and administrative issues relating to information technology, including data privacy, protecting intellectual property, nondisclosure agreements, software and hardware agreements, development agreements and business strategy planning.
• Prepares and negotiates complex Bank agreements involving all legal aspects, including licenses, insurance (including workers compensation), construction, software and hardware agreements, various vendor agreements and related documents.
• Anticipates and guards against legal risks facing the Bank; works independently, with little or no supervision, performing complex legal work on issues that may and often does have a significant impact on the Bank; studies constitution, statutes, decisions and ordinances of judicial bodies; works on complex problems and provides creative solutions; independently pursues action to achieve desired results.
• Participates in formulating and administering Legal Department procedures and guidance, including assisting in developing departmental long range goals and objectives.
• Assists in the development and recommendation of operating policies and procedural improvements for the various departments and functions within the Bank.
• Provides practical advice and counsel to management and HR professionals on a broad range of employment issues including: discrimination issues, payroll and tax issues, recruiting, hiring, employee relations, discipline and terminations, internal investigations, leaves of absences, disability accommodations and wage and hour compliance.
• Provides legal counsel, as needed, to the Law Enforcement Unit, including coordinating and conducting legal training for Law Enforcement officers.
• Participates on functional teams or projects, interprets internal or external business issues and recommends best practices.
• Represents the Bank and its officials in various legal and administrative proceedings; appears before various organizations and groups as a legal representative and spokesperson for the Bank concerning legal matters.
• Collaborates – Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives and deliver client-centric solutions.
• Values Differences – Recognizes the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization.
• Communicates Effectively – Develops and delivers effective communications on complex matters to different audiences.
• Balances Stakeholders – Anticipates and balances the needs of multiple stakeholders in resolving issues and considers diverse perspectives in the decision-making process.
• Manages Complexity – Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
• Instills Trust – Gains the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
• Identify and analyze complex legal/regulatory/business issues and provide appropriate legal advice regarding applicable legal and professional standards, often on a time-sensitive basis.
• Demonstrated ability to think and decide quickly, and to communicate legal issues and solutions clearly and concisely.
• Outstanding organizational and client management skills; capable of inspiring confidence and trust with a variety of stakeholders.
• Regularly solve complex problems and take a broad perspective to identify innovative solutions.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
• Minimum 5 years of increasing responsibility and experience in a law firm or corporate legal department, and the ability to operate with substantial discretion and minimal direction or supervision.
• Technology-related degree or certifications, and/or equivalent combination of technology experience preferred.
• Member of the Texas Bar and eligible to practice law in Texas; must be a graduate of an ABA accredited law school.
• Prior financial and/or regulatory experience helpful.
• Understanding of banking law and the Federal Reserve System.
• Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for any of the above requirements.
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